What is Supply Source?
Supply Source is a new approach to sourcing for NHS Trusts and Health Boards.
With Supply Source, you buy direct from overseas suppliers, but deal with a UK company. So you can de-risk the purchasing process while still reducing costs.
We’ll help you find the right suppliers based on the products you currently buy. You get the same quality and compliance, but with a more resilient supply chain and a broader supplier base.
See inside your supply chains
Many clinicians have branded consumables that they know and choose. But where do the products really come from?
Behind the brands, many of these products are actually made by the same firms, at the same factories, using the same materials.
That means NHS organisations are missing out on bulk savings, simply because their supply chains are not transparent.
With Supply Source, everything is clear. You can see exactly what you’re buying and where it comes from, so you can make smarter sourcing decisions, strengthen your supply chains and make major savings – but without exposing yourself to risk.
Why choose Supply Source?
Optimise your supply chain
Take control. Make your supply chain more resilient and find sourcing options closer to the point of use.
Save costs. Realise economies of scale by buying in bulk direct from the manufacturer.
Peace of mind. We work with insurance and legal experts to minimise the risks of overseas sourcing.
Turnkey solution designed around your needs
Turnkey service. You work with Inivos, a well-established firm with decades of experience supplying 100+ UK hospitals.
UK firm, UK currency. You deal only with us and pay in sterling, so there’s no risk from currency fluctuations.
Same payment terms. We cover manufacturers’ deposits so you can still receive 60-day terms.
Quality and compliance are assured
Supplier screening. We only use suppliers who pass stringent tests and independent reviews, with genuine independent documentation.
IP review. We make sure our commoditised products won’t infringe on any IP protection, to avoid disputes.
Compliance guaranteed. We commission UKAS-accredited labs to assure technical compliance and trusted documentation.
Going the extra mile
Clinician engagement. We work with clinicians to demonstrate the quality of the products included in our proposals.
Logistics and warehousing. We work with our global logistics partners to find the most efficient delivery options.
Branding opportunities. Commoditised products could be NHS branded and exported to generate new revenue streams.
How it works
To get you started with Supply Source, we follow a three-step process that allows us to understand and then remodel your supply chain.
First, we ask you to trust us with your procurement data. We will sign a binding NDA to ensure confidentiality, and hold your data in a secure location.
Then we use reverse value engineering to analyse your data by drilling into volumes and spend per product.
That gives us a detailed picture of your supply chain, from raw materials through to finished product.
Building on our analysis, we identify opportunities to commoditise the offering through smarter, high-volume purchasing.
For example, we can pinpoint common raw materials and manufacturing processes across product types such as gowns, drapes and disposable curtains.
Then we bring all your requirements together in a written specification, and tender the opportunity to our network of approved manufacturers overseas.
Finally, we provide you with a proposal with demonstrable savings, including manufacturers’ offerings, product range samples and supporting documentation.
Where appropriate, we’ll include options for different locations you could source from, including China, Eastern Europe and more.
Everything is open-book, so you can see all the financial details, including our margin. Depending on your purchasing profile, we can typically deliver savings of 10–15%.
Once you agree our proposal, we begin a long-term strategic partnership for the supply of all the products involved.
The whole process, from data sharing to proposal, takes around two weeks.
How we choose suppliers
We’re always interested in talking to suppliers who …
- Are set up to fulfil high-volume aggregate orders
- Offer strong technical abilities with a track record of innovation and consistent quality – beyond formal certifications
- Can help us demonstrate compliance with standards, based on deep product knowledge
- Can work with us to reduce carbon footprint and material consumption
- Are located closer to our clients’ point of use in the UK.